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  • ppde (By Tr00st This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)
    Article: Feb 22, 2021
    By Councillor Dave Busby

    Let me be clear from the start, there is no best answer. We are not talking about strength, looks, speed, weight, intelligence. It is risk and your aversity to it. If you were talking to your financial adviser, he may say that putting your savings in a current bank account is the equivalent of a two - very risk averse. A five may be low risk equities or bonds and an eight a more adventurous managed fund where you are looking for a high return but are prepared to accept that there may be losses. Easy to understand when considering your personal finances but what about in regenerating a town centre.

  • p7cp (Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash)
    Article: Feb 3, 2021

    Does it fill you with dread when you hear those two words in the same sentence? Wouldn't it make more sense if it was 'Teachers and Education'? One thing is for certain education could be made more flexible and focussed if teachers didn't have to spend as much time on administration as on teaching.

  • nbda
    Article: Jan 21, 2021
    By Cllr Dave Busby

    Ever since Babergh announced that it had plans to introduce short-term car parking charges in the market towns of Hadleigh and Sudbury the social media airwaves have been humming. A couple of petitions - one valid, one not - were presented to Babergh and because of the 1600 names it had to be discussed at a Full Council Meeting on January 19th.

  • 4c9m (Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash)
    Article: Jan 20, 2021
    By Councillor Dave Busby

    Let me start by saying that I hate paying for car parking with a passion. I will always look for somewhere to park for free even if it results in a mile walk in both directions. I have never paid for car parking in Ipswich (apart from in the evenings) and would, irrationally, be quite happy to turn round and go home if I can't find a free space.

  • kgw0
    Article: Jan 7, 2021

    Suffolk Liberal Democrats select Justice campaigner as their Police &
    Crime Commissioner candidate.

    Justice campaigner and former Parliamentary Candidate James
    Sandbach has been selected as the Liberal Democrats' candidate for
    the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election in Suffolk.

    James has been involved in Suffolk politics for several years having been the Lib Dem
    Parliamentary candidate in Suffolk Coastal (2015 and 2017) and Central Suffolk and
    North Ipswich (2019). He lives in Saxmundham where he is Town Councillor.

  • dw
    Article: Nov 17, 2020

    As you are all aware the Lib Dems are members of a rainbow group at the County Council comprising of 5 LD's, 3 Green and 4 Ind. We did have an extra Ind. member but he decided to jump ship during the year to the Conservatives, I think he was worried about losing his seat at the forthcoming elections. We are now led by the Green Cllr Elfrede Bramley-Crawshore as has been our policy we have changed leadership every year, she took over from Penny Otton who is now her Deputy. I must admit we continue to punch well above our weight and are really the most effective opposition, although Labour are the official opposition they have proved sadly lacking at times.

  • hhgz
    Article: Nov 17, 2020

    It's been a very strange calendar year for local government as a whole, thanks, obviously to Covid19.

    In summary:

    Babergh (and Mid Suffolk) took a major support role during lockdown. There were a few teething problems with the emergency phone line, especially as staff were grappling with new systems needed for working from home. The Suffolk CC IT servers struggled to cope with new and enormous demands on capacity. Once things were sorted, I really believe the council functioned rather well. Virtually all staff were allocated to totally new roles, whilst a handful moved into specific roles to deal with the immediate crisis, or the potential recovery - as and when - or keeping the day job afloat. Bin collections were maintained except for a month without the brown wheelies being emptied. All council meetings were suspended initially.

  • Cllr. Bryn Hurren
    Article: Nov 15, 2020
    By Chairman Cllr Bryn Hurren.

    In these uncertain times our AGM had to be held on Zoom. Bryn gave athe following address

    Firstly, welcome everyone to our first and hopefully last, virtual meeting of this South Suffolk Lib Dem AGM. I say hopefully last, because this is not somewhere that we would wish to be for another year as the cost in lives and general well-being of all is untenable and unsustainable.

  • dw
    Article: Apr 14, 2020

    David Wood the Liberal Democrat Suffolk Councillor for Peninsular has just posted an update of actions underway at the Couny Council. You can see his full report here https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/page/latest-news-from-suffolk-councillor-david-wood

    To read the article, click local news / Peninsular division

  • Cllr. Bryn Hurren
    Article: Apr 13, 2020

    Wth the Covid 19 lockdown still in place Bryn Hurren the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Box Vale gives an update on what is happening locally. Please go to https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/page/latest-news-from-councillor-bryn-hurren